2 convicted in prison riot end hunger strike in Youngstown

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two inmates sentenced for their roles in an historic Ohio prison riot say they have ended a nearly month-long hunger strike without winning the direct media access they sought.

Through a spokesman, Siddique Abdullah Hasan (suh-DEEK’ ahb-DOO’-luh hah-SAHN’) said he and Gregory Curry ended a protest Monday that began April 11, on the 20th anniversary of the deadly Lucasville uprising. Hasan was sentenced to death, Curry to life for their respective roles.

Hasan, formerly Carlos Sanders, said the strike drew attention among journalists, legal advocates and prison officials to his constitutional concerns over being denied on-camera interviews.

He said Warden David Bobby bargained in good faith but top officials at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction could not be swayed.

A spokeswoman says such interviews violate department policy.

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